Photos by Saman Abbasi, Mehr News Agency (report by IRNA)
Troupes from five countries are participating the Six Nationwide Street Theater Festival in Marivan, Iran's Kurdistan province. The international section of the Festival is being held from Oct 11-15 with performers from Tajikistan, Iraq, Japan, Turkey and France.
Troupes from eleven Iranian province including Tehran, Alborz, Hormuzgan, Mazandaran, East Azarbaijan, Kerman, Ilam and Kurdistan are also performing at the event.
Three training workshops on ways of planning and directing street theatres and Iraq theater will also be held from November 11 to 15.
Marivan is 125 km northwest of Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kurdistan province.
Majid Amraei, an official with the Iranian Street Theater Association addressing the press conference emphasized the need for continued support for the street theatre. The official pointed to the holding of street theaters in the cities of Saghez and Lahijan, adding that a book containing 10 articles on street theater will be published in the near future and the event website will start work before the start of festival.
Amraei said that the presence of several countries' ethnic groups provides a wide variety of theatrical genres. 'Holding such festivals helps familiarize people with these subgroups which form the backbone of our national theater.'
'Marivan Street Theater Festival paves the way for the identification and revival of ethnic theatrical styles,' the official said. He went on to express concern that although many European plays are inspired by the techniques of Iran's indigenous theater, it will go into oblivion if its not given enough attention.
The festival is being held in three categories: competition, ritual plays and international section.
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